The Wild One is an American film directed by László Benedek and produced by Stanley Kramer. The film was produced in 1953 and something really outstanding, something different. It was the same period that the legendary Rock & Roll music era started.
The main character of the film, Johnny Strabler, played by Marlon Brando, became a true cult hero in the 1950′s. The Wild One film is the original outlaw biker film. Marlon Brando’s outfit in the film became very popular amongst the youth; biker jacket, white t-shirt, jeans and boots. This is still the ultimate denim outfit for the original denimhead. The Wild One is a cultural classic and a statement for the denim industry.
The Carhartt WIP Archivesbook is the first ever publication to explore the brand’s remarkable evolution. Carhartt is an American clothing company founded in 1889. Carharttteam-up with publisher Rizzoli for this special project. The book is edited by Michel Lebugle and Anna Sinofzik, with texts by Gary Warnett, Mark Kessler and Anna Sinofzik. The book features over 350 images of unpublished pictures, artworks and drawnings from the company’s own archives and different private collections.
The Carhartt WIP Archives book features the large story of the brand and shows their most popular garments like the Detroit Jacket, Watch Hat, Siberian Jacket, and Cargo Pants. The Carhartt WIP Achives book contains 428 pages and has a hardcover. Perfect X-Mas present to give someone some American coolness!
One of my original vintage Levi’s ‘Big E’ Jeans Type 3 jackets from the ’60′s. The back of the buttons are stamped with the digit #526. The jacket is single stitched. Both details from the ’60′s. The jacket is customized by myself with the authentic Sashiko stitching technique from Japan. This jacket is a kind of a homage to the Japan. The ‘canvas’ of the homage is the authentic U.S.A. made jacket. The Sashiko stitching is done entirely by hand, even the red Japan flag on the back is painted by hand. In total I spend 40 hours to make this homage jacket. This special Levi’s Jeansjacket connects America and Japan.
Tony Patella and Pete Searson are the founders of the Tellason denim brand. They have been friends since 1990. Their love for durable goods, their respect for where they came from and who made them is the basis in their Tellason brand. They are 100% committed to the city of San Francisco and will make their jeans and only there, forever as they say. San Francisco is the home of the blue jean culture, so they don’t see why they have to change their production to somewhere else to save a couple of dollars. Perfect example of slow fashion instead of mass production. Only the best is good enough for the Tellason guys. Watch below the story of Tellason. Enjoy!
Last week Danish menswear brand, Jack & Jones, opened their doors of their new denim store; the JEANS INTELLIGENCE STUDIO. This is the second JEANS INTELLIGENCE STUDIO which is located in Tilburg -NL. The Jeans Intelligence collection is the backbone of the Jack & Jones brand. With the JEANS INTELLIGENCE STUDIO they want to give the customers a full denim experience. The store has a wide selection of jeans. The denim wall is loaded with 24 different styles, different washes and different fits.
Next to their JEANS INTELLIGENCE STUDIO core collection they carry a very special Limited Edition jeans made in 250 pieces only worldwide. This jeans is based on a worn-out selvage dry denim. Every jeans comes with a certificate of origin and is numbered. Also the Jack & Jones footwear collection and accessories are available to make your denim outfit complete. Next to that you can also find the top notch Royal Denim Division (R.D.D.) collection in the store.
During the JEANS INTELLIGENCE STUDIO opening they served some fresh made food, cold drinks in a really cool and outstanding way in front of the store. Next to that there was the opportunity to customize your jacket with a laser machine. To make the evening complete there was some fine live music. This made it a totally denim experinece what was very special.
Last year Levi’s Jeansintroduced an amazing acquisition, the New Nevada – one of the oldest pairs of riveted waist overalls in the world. This jeans dates back from 1880. The jeans are in near perfect condition, save for wear marks and a few minor holes and tears, plus decades of dirt and grime. Before Levi’s Jeans add their latest purchases to their archive they clean the items first before they put it in their vault in tissues and boxes kept at a constant temperature. This extends the life of the garment. Check in the video below how they clean this old and very rare Levi’s ‘New Nevada’ Jeans from 1880.
The One Piece of Rock brand relies on support from the skilled craftsmen of Japan’s denim mecca in Kojima, Okayama. They create authentic denim styles based on the U.S. influences. The spirit of American good ol’ days renewed with a contemporary eye. The One Piece of Rock brand was started by Yoshiaki Konaka which has a preference for vintage denim workwear.
Today I want to highlight 2 classic One Piece of Rock items which are inspired by World War 2 pieces: Denim Jacket and a pair of Jeans.
The One Piece of Rock denim jacket, much like denim pants of this period, had a simplified design due to the wartime production restriction. The number of buttons was reduced from five down to four and the pocket flap was removed. This model was made during the war for use among the general U.S. population. The same story is behind the One Piece of Rock jeans, also called “WWII Model”, which is a simplified piece reflecting the wartime production restrictions. Both styles are very popular among denimheads. Check both items here below. And see also the film to see and learn more about One Piece of Rock.
The Indigofera brand from Stockholm – Sweden was started back in 2007 by Mats Andersson. Indigofera is making high-end quality clothes for men with an eye on details. The core is jeans, but also their tops are really great. Next to their clothes also the blankets are really worth for checking out. I want to highlight 4 of my favo denim pieces from the Indigofera collection: Logan Vest, Fargo Shirt, Grant Denim Jacket and the Kurt Jacket. Here you go!
Indigofera Logan Vest, Broken Twill
* 100% Cotton Fabric. (Milled in Japan) 13,6 oz.
* Two Front Pockets. One Inside Pocket.
* Indigofera Snap Buttons.
* Made in Portugal.
Indigofera Fargo Shirt, Shrink To Fit
* No 2 Fabric. 16 oz Japanese Selvage Denim. 100% Cotton.
* Brass Buttons.
* Lined pocket flaps and yoke.
* Made in Portugal.
Indigofera Grant Denim Jacket, Shrink to Fit
* Indigofera No 2 Fabric. 16 oz Japanese Selvage Denim. 100% Cotton.
* Unwashed, STPF, Shrink To Prima Fit.
* 1 Chest Pocket, 1 Inside Pocket.
* Made in Portugal.
Indigofera Kurt Jacket, Denim
* 100% Cotton selvage denim. 13,5 oz. Unwashed.
* 2 chest pockets, 2 at the bottom and 2 inside pockets.
* 1920s – 30s style.
* Chin strap.
* Made in Portugal.
This vintage Levi’s Jeanskids jacket is another treasure from my personal denim archive. It’s a 70805 jacket, also known as the Type 3 jacket. The jacket is made in the ’60′s and is a so called Big E jacket. The Red Tab is cut-off but the back of the number is stamped with digit #527 (look closely to see the whole number) which refers to the Big E period. Red Tab Big E items were produced until 1971. The jacket is single stitched what you can see on the bottom at the closure. All indicators that this is a true original vintage piece. The size of this Levi’s Jeans jacket is Size 8, a small kids jacket. The jacket is made in the U.S.A.
This Levi’s Jeans jacket belonged probably to a kid with the name Chris as you can see on the chest patch. The patches of the jacket shows that his parents were really into bikes. The whole jacket is patched with original patches from the ’60′s and ’70′s. This was the period people would love to patch their denim jackets to express themselves. This Chris kid was definitely one of the coolest kids on school with this jacket. No doubt about that! Check below this cool Levi’s ‘Wild Thing’ Jeans jacket.
Evisu Jeansteam-up with Zippoto create the best lighter ever seen. They made a special denim lighter edition which is made in U.S.A. The Zippo lighter is wrapped into denim fabric with a printed seagull on the pocket. Check also the seagull stitching on the back, really cool! You can put this one on your X-Mas wishlist! The Evisu Jeans X Zippo lighter is available here and at the Evisu Jeansstores.
This Thursday the new JEANS INTELLIGENCE STUDIO will open their doors in Tilburg – NL. This will be the 2nd JEANS INTELLIGENCE STUDIO worldwide. To celebrate the store opening they will organise something very special. From the 8th till the 11th of December you have the opportunity to customize your new denim product with a special denimlaser and badge press machine. You can create your own limited edition!
And there is more! The first 20 clients everyday who buys for € 150,- or more during the openingsdays will get a free trucker jacket! So, come over and check out the new JEANS INTELLIGENCE STUDIO in Tilburg and be prepared for a special denim experience.
Read also the previous article with more details about the store and see some exclusive sneak pictures from the new JEANS INTELLIGENCE STUDIO in Tilburg - NL here.
The legendaryCone Denim Mill from Greensboro – US is making top notch denim fabrics since 1891. Their denim fabrics are legendary and most known from their ‘Golden Handshake’ partnership with Levi’s Jeans. To celebrate their 125th anniversary they made a small docu about their rich denim history. Enjoy!
Jeans Intelligence is the backbone of the JACK & JONES brand. The products are designed with respect for denim traditions and made with the leaders of the industry. The best denim makers. And with success as the brand is the biggest denim men’s wear brand in Europe as it comes to quantities.
With the JEANS INTELLIGENCE STUDIO they want to give the customers a full denim experience. The store has a wide selection of jeans. There’s a denim wall which is loaded with 24 different jeans styles. In this store you will find the ‘denim dealer’ which is a dedicated jeans expert. With his expertise and production video’s you can get an insight into the denim product and production.
Below some exclusive sketches of the upcoming JEANS INTELLIGENCE STUDIO Tilburg store.
The Order collective presents ‘Get in where you fit in’ in collaboration with Edwin Jeansand Tristes Tropiques. The Order collective consists four creative artists from Amsterdam: Edu de Leau, Emiel Steenhuizen, Etienne Memon & Joshua Hoogeboom. The ‘Get in where you fit in’ is the theme of this special collaboration where Edwin Jeansis the canvas of this project. New artworks, a limited t- shirt, 80 pieces only, and a jacket, 20 pieces only, are made by Order and Oliver Prat from Edwin Jeans Europe.
To celebrate this special collaboration they organised together with Vice Amsterdam a night with Warsteinerand Jameson Whiskydrinks, music by Order Music and Willy Party. Check all the details here below.
The limited collab tee printed in Toulouse – France
The collab hand printed jackets
Etienne Memom – Order
Olivier Prat – Edwin Jeans Europe
Edouard Guiounet – Tristes Tropiques
At the event you can check out the latest work by Order
Edu Deleau – Order - working on a Edwin Jeans collab jacket
From 1992 till 1994 Diesel Jeans from Italy created a special denim line inspired by the ‘Big 3′ (Levi’s, Lee & Wrangler) called Old Glory. Old Glory was the best line ever created by Diesel Jeans in my opinion. This special OG collection was really outstanding and totally different than other denim brands. It was one of the first denim premium lines. This line was launched before Levi’s Jeans came with their Levi’s Vintage Clothing – LVC line and before Lee Jeans dropped their 101 line. The Old Glory line was workwear inspired. Below the Gold Miner jeans from my personal denim archive. It features;
Classic 5-pocket fit
Original ’90′s washing
Next to the Old Glory line also the catalogs from Diesel Jeans from that time were outstanding and rare. They weren’t free and you had to buy them as they were made in low quantities. I added below some images from the Gold Miner pants taken from the original catalog dated from 1992.
Old Glory advertising Goldigger jeans pictures from 1992
In the beginning of last January we launched our first edition of our Butts and Shoulders ‘Goodyear Welted’ boots. After the success of the first run we produced a second run and we also developed the first run for women. We received a lot of question how you could treat the natural vegetable leather the best. After all the requests we decided to develop our own Butts and ShouldersBee-Wax kit and Shoe-Stretchers. The Bee-Waxkits contain everything you need to clean and wax your pair of boots. The Bee-Wax is made from natural ingredients to serve you the best. The Shoe-Stretcherswill shape your boots in the original form and the Cedar Wood will also helps for unpleasant odors.
Kirikomade an outstanding pair of jeans for women, a patched selvage jeans. For this unique pair Kiriko used various leftover fabrics of different materials and patched them to the denim. The details made this an one of a kind. The jeans is made of 13oz. selvage denim made in Fukuyama City, one of the biggest manufacturers out of Japan producing some of the highest quality. The fit is a boyfriend style, 5 pocket. The jeans is patched in the Kiriko studio in Portland, Oregon. The leather patch on the back is hand-embossed. All in all a really fine pair of jeans. Go girls!
The Blue Handed brand is started by John Abbate. John worked 25 years for big brands designing up-cycled furniture under ‘R-incarnation’. After that he moved to Shanghai starting his own retail consulting agency, John Abbate Studio, and was a visual merchandising professor at Mod’Art. John is currently creative director at Design Overlay, a retail design agency based in Shanghai. He created the concept of Blue Handed in 2015 by stumbling upon a vintage piece of fabric found in a demotion site of an old part of Shanghai.
The Blue Handed Pin Bu Scarves are new hand dyed indigo, antique “lan yin hua bu’ indigo fabrics, with or without patches and vintage yarn dye fabrics. Each scarf is unique, hand stitched with the character of a handmade loom. Check them out here below.